Title

A review of the management arrangements and licensing framework for the aquatic tour industry in Western Australia. Discussion paper on management and licensing options for the Aquatic Tour Industry.

Publication Date

10-2012

Series Number

No. 258

Publisher

Department of Fisheries Western Australia

City

Perth

Abstract

The Department of Fisheries (Department) is proposing a new simplified management approach which focuses on fishing as the core criteria in the new licensing framework. Given the low level of impact of aquatic eco-tours and shore-based fishing, consideration is being given to removing the need for these activities to be formally licensed. The Department is of the view that these activities can be adequately managed by regulations that have broader application across the community. The current management, licensing and fee structures are complex and provide limited business flexibility. A simplified management approach will also improve the Department’s capacity to monitor extractive aquatic tour activities.

Number of Pages

36

Keywords

Charter boats, Recreational fishing, Tourism, Fishery management, Fishery policy, Licensing, Western Australia

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